Pannepot Reserva
De Struise Brouwers

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4.32 | pDev: 8.56%
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AldoBlitzcarr from England

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I ever had. Unfortunately there was just one good for consumption, the two other bottles in the shop were badly bottled and tasted weird after being bottled in 2018.

Jul 15, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Because of the very low cask-strength carbonation, neither the appearance nor mouthfeel sit with me well. I have the same complaint about the mouthfeel of nitro stouts that I think suffer because of the lack of carbonation, which is critical to what makes beer good imo. Aromas and flavors are great, though. Tastes like a fine port or other semi-sweet red wine, with nice complex bourbon overtones. Four years in the barrel does wonders to any beer


Jan 13, 2019
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browner from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Urbain excels at creative craft brewing within each style of beer he has produced.
The deep brown pour with a garnet hue and produces a rich sandstone head with no prolonged lacing
The smell is full of deep malt, raisin and brown sugar.
Flavor is exceptional with a complex balance fruits, malts and yeast.
Overall the beer is a very well balanced Quad with wonderful / full big mouthfeel but not filling. This is a big beer Beer with a balanced footprint. I have aged these beers for 4 year verticals and they pair well many raw milk Goudas, Alp Cheese, and Vacherin...

Dec 06, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of raisins, grapes, licorice, and cherries. The beer tastes of raisins, grapes, licorice, and cherries. The feel is full, complex and smooth. A really nice Quad.

Dec 03, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the best gets better. Bottle shared by Rich from 2008 series. This one aged very well, still as smooth and slick as butter. Dark dried fruits, yeast, typical Belgian ale but oh so tasty.

Feb 26, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Moderately sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar. Very nice Belgian beer that hides ABV very well.

Feb 10, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage. Pours burnt umber with a medium head that surprisingly didn't leave lace. Nose is quite woody with a hint of burnt caramel and sour cherry. Taste is vinous as expected from the nose. On the dry side for a big quad, although much of that may be perceived due to some tannins amplifying the bitterness. A touch of dates remain, but also red wine. Some light vinegar characteristics of an oud bruin as well. Interesting and complex, but the way it comes together actually detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Jan 21, 2018
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2008 Vintage

Look: Opaque cola brown with a thin eggshell colored head. No activity visible. It’s a bit muddy looking.

Smell: Rich and sticky. Toffee, dates, figs, caramelized sugar, poached plums, oak, and port wine. Very vinous.

Taste: The attack is all dried dates covered in honey. This drys up quickly to a quenching body of leather, tobacco, vanilla, burnt sugars, cinnamon, oak, red wine poached plums, slight alcohol, figs, and mores dates. The fruity notes continue on the finish with rich drying oak notes.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth. Quenching body with a dry finish. Mild carbonation. Aqueous. Alcohol is present but it is smooth as it warms the chest and not at all abrasive.

Overall: Pretty incredible stuff. It reminds me a lot of a rich Sangiovese wine given it’s deep complexity and the way it develops across the palate. There are so many rich and yet cohesive notes as the beer runs its course. The brew is also quite difficult to review given the age. There are no apparent off flavors or defects due to age besides a drop off in carbonation. Instead it is just so smooth. It actually seems to be almost watery because of how smooth it is. One of my most unique experiences in beer drinking. One of those beers that expands the mind on what beer can be. Incredible.

Dec 29, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up back in 2008. I thought I did a 10 year vertical of this last year but apparently not. Heck, that's my picture in this beer listing...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear deep mahogany hue with no real head, just a little bit of wisps. Solid legs.

S - Aromas of sticky plums, caramel, sweet (but not cloy) malts, little bit of oak. Nice raisins. Actually quite enjoyable.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Definitely old, little bit of oxidation. Thankfully no real cardboard flavours. Sticky plums and raisins, little bit of alcohol sweetness. Rather woody, little bit of an almost smoky ester thing going on which is really bizarre. The raisin and caramel is quite nice, but, the other aspects clash with it.

M - Mouthfeel is rather nice, surprisingly, lightly carbonated but not cloy or sticky.

O - Overall it was a solid quad, probably should have drank it 2+ years ago but still, it was fun to try!

Serving Type: Bottle

Nov 11, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010.
Poured from 0.33l bottle into chalice.
L: Pitch black color with a weak tan foam haed.
S: Whisky, red wine, plums.
T: Sweets, plums, caramel, grapes, oak barrel.
F: Tight body and low carbonation. Interesting aftertaste.
O: Fantastic balanced De Struise quad. One of theirs best.

Sep 26, 2017
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2010 bottle that I purchased in Iowa last fall and buried in the beer fridge. Pouring it in my Duvel glass for the occasion.

Look- Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint that makes it look like whiskey. It produces a small finger of creamy tan foam that slowly settles leaving a thick ring around the glass. No lacing is present.

Smell- Boozy alcohol like aged port or single malt scotch that opens up to figs, raisins and a hint of cherry. There's a little wood that creeps in.

Taste- Boozy dark fruit with plums, figs, dates, raisins and cherry. A touch of caramel sweetness and dry oak in the finish.

Feel- Velvety slick up front yielding to some alcohol heat and a slightly dry finish.

Overall- In a word? Wow! This is one complex beer that tastes and drinks like a spirit or port wine. It still packs a punch and the glow I'm feeling as I finish this bottle makes it seem bigger than a 10% abv. beer. I have a couple more left and will be keeping my eyes open for this again as I'd love to try different vintages. I was shocked to see this wasn't rated world class.

Sep 13, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured from cellar temp. Pours a dark brown, borderline black, color with little carbonation. Nose is incredible. Getting mostly sweet grapes, sour cherries, and oak. Taste is a bit of barnyard funk, a bit sour, a bit malty, and maybe a hint of tobacco. With 5 years of age, it might be a metallic and oxidized. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, pretty good but perhaps a bit past its prime.

Aug 25, 2017
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Mtn from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage. Seems like an infected bottle, but still drinkable. Does not drink like other quads I've had, nor does it have any of the attributes I'm reading about in other reviews or the De Struise website. It's all oak and sour. Has a nice somewhat oud bruin quality, and not a drain pour by any means, but I don't think this is what the brewer intended to have in this bottle. Would like to review again

Jul 31, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured from a bottle into a snifter. A muddy brown color with a modest tan head. Aromas of raisins, figs, toffee, and cherries. The taste was spectacular: a seamless blend of rich caramel malt, stone fruit, and floral hops. Really wonderful with a silky feel. The ABV was well-hidden. An outstanding beer.

Jul 03, 2017
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. 2012 vintage. The body is dark brown with a thin tan ring around the glass. Aromas consist of dark fruits, molasses, spice, oak barrels, black licorice, herbs, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavors are the same, but there is a mild yougerty tartness. The feel is heavy bodied, with medium carbonation.

Jun 11, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually found myself liking regular pannepot much better. The barrel character beefed up the body, but did nothing but mute some of the glorious complex and nuanced taste of the original. Still an ok beer, but for a quad that relied on the flavoring combo it falls short of the greats

May 01, 2017
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megapyro6 from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 vintage bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark red-brown, almost black in the glass. Ruby highlights around the edges. Light 1 finger carbonation, which fades almost immediately to lacing.

Aroma is of dark caramel and dark fruits which a little fruity wine flavors. There's a little chocolate and coffee.

The flavor has so much going on it's a little hard to describe. It tastes of dark fruits, milk chocolate and coffee, red wine, and a good caramel and toffee flavor. Plumy, cherry, fig, molasses, everything melds seamlessly.

Relatively low carbonation. Gives a full mouthfeel, with a sticky aftertaste.

Overall a wonderful beer. Definitely a sipper. Great beer for special occasions or just relaxing. This is belgian beer at it's best.

Oct 21, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a dark tan head and visible carbonation. Smells like apple brandy, burnt caramel, raisins, cocoa and chocolate. The taste includes all those notes, and, in addition, a bit of cola and milk coffee. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky-sweet and roasty aftertaste. My favourite by quite a bit, from the Pannepot series.

Oct 17, 2016
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the like the Port wine of beers. Thick, heavy, fruity. A real sipper. So much so, that I didn't finish it. Not because it wasn't good, but because I was done.

Oct 12, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy, very dark mahogany brown, with a half finger light khaki head that dissipate to almost nothing; no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, raisins and figs, a bit boozy. Flavor is rich dark stone fruit, intense as if starting to be boiled down to syrup (but not at all syrupy), vanilla, raisins, a bit of date and figs, faint oak. Nice plumy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A really nice dark fruit quad. I dry plums every year, and there is a point where they are almost done, but not quite dry that you can pull them out of the drier and the flavor has become incredibly intense and estery. This ale captures that flavor for me. The regular Pannepot is one of my favorite ales and tied for the best with St. Bernardus and Rochfort. This seems a bit more complex and rich and the touch of oak is welcome. Really a world class quad and ale.

Aug 25, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, 2010 vintage, bottled 11/2014 printed on the label. My first encounter with this brewery and this beer - "Old Fisherman's Ale Aged On Oak". Found this bottle lurking along the shelves of the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a deep tawny caramel-cola brown body; blackish when in the glass. Brings about one finger of fastly dissipating khaki head that lingers on as a ring. Minor sticky spotty lacing doesn't really cling. Appears well carbonated. Looks excellent for what it is.

S - Pleasant barrel / oak-aged aromatics: mustiness, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, cream, dried dark pitted fruits.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of dark pitted fruits (figs, dates, plums, raisins), caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, cream. Good oak-aging on an already complex quad base.

M - Feel is silky smooth & creamy. Medium-full body with excellent carbonation. Not too sticky or sweet; good depth of dark fruit / oak character.

Overall, excellent depth and duration of flavor. A wonderful oak aged quad. Glad to have stumbled upon this bottle.

De Struise Pannepot Reserva 2010 -----4/5.

Aug 02, 2016
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Baldpacker from Canada (AB)

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First tried at Delerium Cafe in Belgium. Then purchased in the Faroe Islands. Both 2012 Pannepot Reserva Old Fisherman's Ale Aged on Oak.

L: Deep malty brown. Head dissolves very quickly.

S: Molasses, Fig, Malt.

T: Thick and complex. Caramel, Molasses, Malt, Figs, and a little Earth. Finishes dry, not bitter, with a lingering sweetness.

F: Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation with small bubbles that let the flavours dance on my tongue.

Overall: Quite possibly my favourite beer in existence. I'd like to compare it side by side with a Westvleteran 12, Abt 12, and Rochefort 10, but from my recollection of those beers the Pannepot has more complexity.

If it weren't 10% ABV and so hard to find I wouldn't stop drinking these.

Jul 13, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a 1-finger caramel head. The head settles into a nice golden ring around the top of the beer.

The aroma starts off with a barrage of dark fruits: Fig, and lightly tart black cherries lead the way. Then comes the expected woodiness from the oak barrels. Finishes with a subtle tinge of alcohol, with some even more subtle notes of caramel and vanilla.

The flavor brings notes of fig, plum, and cherries, as well as a surprising amount of chocolate. There's a good amount of vanilla and oak throughout, as well as some molasses. Perfectly balanced sweetness.

The feel is medium-bodied with relatively light carbonation. Goes down about as smooth as a beer can, with just the faintest hint of alcohol warming as it goes down.

Overall, I had very high expectations for this given how much I love regular Pannepot, and this definitely met and even exceeded those expectations. This beer is rich, complex, and surprisingly drinkable. Definitely my favorite Quad to date.

Jul 12, 2016
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babaracas from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 reserva. Pours a hazy dark red-brown, thin tan head settles to a thin ring, a few dots left behind. Smell: fig, black currant, molasses, baking spices, tobacco and bourbon notes. Taste: baked fig, black plum, a bit vinous, toasted brown bread, lots of caramel and a molasses note, cardamom-ish spice and herbal flavors dominate the finish. Medium-plus sugary body, moderate carbonation, sticky finish with drying oak at the end. Delicious.

Jul 03, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a very dark brown with a small head that disappears quickly.
S - Aroma is dark fruit, and I keep thinking if I breathe deeply enough some alcohol will come through.
T - Flavor follows the nose. Dark fruits with little sweetness, almost dark cherry. Some barrel.
M - Low carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - Delicious beer. Make sure you let this warm to almost room temperature to let all the flavors come forward.

Jun 06, 2016
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